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By Akshay Kohli
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This team is arguably one of the greatest Spanish teams of all time with amazing bench strength. A first round win over Kazakhstan, without top players Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer, marked a 22nd consecutive home victory, a Davis Cup World Group record, and they have shown little sign of allowing the run to end.
The team comprises of World No.5 David Ferrer, Former Top-10 Nicolas Almagro, Marcell Granollers and Marc Lopez. With the team showing great hunger, it is tough to beat the Spaniards in their own backyard.
Austria is making an appearance in the quarterfinals for the first time in 17 years, which coincidentally they reached by beating Spain. Jurgen Melzer, who has carried the Austrian team for a number of years, was the difference maker in a 3-2 first round victory over Russia that also marked Captain Clemens Trimmel’s first taste of a Davis Cup win.
The team basically revolves around Jurgen Melzer, who is ranked No.21 in the World, it also has players like Andreas Haider-Maurer, Alexander Peya and Oliver Marach. This team is not as strong as the Spaniards but can pack a punch when its needed.
Spain have won just once in four previous meetings against Austria and would look to cut this lead short.
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